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Mombasa and Tianjin in port tie up

Mombasa and Tianjin in port tie up

Mombassa: The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and China's Tianjin Port have entered into a partnership to improve trade, traffic and services between the respective ports.

They will run programmes in port studies, staff training and exchange of information.

In a signed memorandum of understanding, the two port authorities said their partnership is aimed at boosting trade between Kenya and China.

Major export processing zones in Kenya are owned by Chinese companies and are located near the port of Mombasa for ease of transport.

Imports from China to the region through the Mombasa port include industrial goods notably, motor vehicle accessories, electronic goods textiles and footwear. Kenya's main exports to China are agro-based products, among them tea, tobacco and fish.

KPA chairman General (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana said KPA has intensified networking and benchmarking with the best global performers. Already the port has signed up with Malaysia's Port Klang' Authority and another deal is expected with the Port of Miami.  [11/04/07]